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Vietnam is rapidly developing but holds onto the charming traditions and culture which make it such a fascinating holiday destination. The capital city Hanoi bears the traces of centuries of change in its wide Parisian boulevards and colorful Vietnamese temples. Ha Long Bay is a magical sight; breathtaking rock pinnacles rise dramatically from the sea. Saigon is the modern metropolis where the distant charm of the French colonial empire seems still hidden behind the many old city mansions. The Mekong Delta is blessed with lush fertile land where villagers in traditional conical hats work in vibrant green rice paddies and traditional boats with dragons’ eyes ply the murky waters.
Located in the heart of Southeast Asia, Cambodia is a world unto itself. The country’s natural beauty and rich heritage continue to blow one’s mind with its massive centuries-old temple complexes, diverse wildlife, ancient tropical rainforests, pristine beaches, picturesque rural landscapes and delightful urban life. Siem Reap stands out as a must-go city attraction in Asia with the legacy of the vast Angkor temple complex.
- Explore the culture, history and the colourful Old Quarters.
- Visit Trang An – an ecological tourist site with many amazingly nature blessed caves.
- Set sail on Ha Long Bay – an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Explore the endless energy of “The Pearl of the Far East” Saigon.
- Discover the unique tunnel in the world at Cu Chi.
- Experience floating life on Mekong river.
- Relax and enjoy beach and activities like kite surfing in Mui Ne.
- Explore Angkor Wat – the biggest temple in the world which is famous for both harmony architecture and beautiful sunrise view.
- Visit floating village on Tonle Sap Lake – the biggest fresh water lake in Southeast Asia and richest fishing lake in the world with a special ecosystem.
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Arrive in Noi Bai airport. The guide and car welcome and transfer you to hotel for check-in and relax on your own. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour & Shopping (B/-/-)
Pick up and transfer for visit to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an important place of pilgrimage for Vietnamese, Ho Chi Minh's House on Stilts, built in the style of Vietnam's ethnic minorities, surrounded by verdant and peaceful gardens, One Pillar Pagoda, built in the 11th century, of wood on a single stone pillar resembling a lotus blossom, symbol of purity, rising out of a sea of sorrow. After that, you will take a visit to the Old Quarters where you can experience the real daily life activities of local people in the oldest area of Hanoi for around one hour on the interesting electrical car with stopovers at Opera House is very famous site en route to take photos and enjoy the Old Quarters.
Transfer to shopping malls with international brands and high quality Vietnamese brands, some big shops with Made in Vietnam clothes where local people are regular; lacquer workshop (great traditional Vietnamese handicraft products). Back to hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 3: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Hanoi (B/-/-)
Pick up and transfer to Hoa Lu – the ancient citadel of 3km2 – to visit the temples dedicated to Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang of the Dinh dynasty (968-980), and Emperor Le Dai Hanh of the Le dynasty (980-1009).
Continue to have a boat ride in Trang An – an ecological tourist site where the rowing boat brings you through many amazingly nature blessed caves and rice fields. Back to hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 4: Hanoi – Halong - Hanoi (B/L/-)
Prepare your energy and your camera for a long day to the famous World Heritage site. Depart from Hanoi in the morning and arrive at the scenic Ha Long Bay area around noon. From here you will board a charming traditional wooden junk for the afternoon cruise. The mystical landscape is where over 3,000 limestone rock islands with sheer vertical sides and topped with thick jungle vegetation rise out of the emerald sea. The wind, rain and sea have carved out dramatic caves and grottoes in some of the islands that can be explored. Many have been named after the shape of the rocks such as Stone Dog, Incense Burner (Dinh Huong) and Fighting Cock (Ga Choi). At the core of the islets, you will visit a wonderful grotto named Thien Cung (Heavenly Residence Grotto) before returning to Ha Long pier. Disembark at Ha Long pier and return to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 5: Hanoi – Saigon (B/-/-)
Free time until check-out and transfer to Noi Bai Airport for your flight to Saigon. Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat Airport, you will be transferred to hotel for check-in and relax
In the afternoon, pick up from hotel and start the trip by visiting Reunification Palace (Ex-Presidential Palace) that was built in 1962 and is well-known as an outstanding example of 1960’s architecture, Notre Dame Cathedral, Center Post Office, Ben Thanh Market – the symbol of Saigon. Learn more about China town through visiting Binh Tay market – the biggest wholesales market in Chinese town, Thien Hau temple – the worshipping place of Chinese community. Return to hotel. Overnight in Saigon.
Day 6: Saigon – Cu Chi – Saigon Shopping (B/-/-)
Start the trip to Cu Chi tunnels – an immense network of connecting underground tunnels used by Vietnamese Revolutionary army during the anti-American resistance war with over 200km long and 12m deep. The tunnels served as hiding spots, communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous North Vietnamese fighters. You will be well guided to discover this amazing tunnel with unforgettable feelings.
In the afternoon, you will continue Saigon shopping tour at big shopping malls for the international brands and high quality Vietnamese brands, Saigon Square (for International brands made in Vietnam clothes, this is where local people go to buy), and Ben Thanh Market – a symbol of Saigon. After this last destination, you can go back to hotel or enjoy at the market as it is center-located and get back to the hotel on your own. There are many halal restaurants nearby the market, there is one very good bar right on the left of the market (OMG bar) and all the good restaurants are around with 1-2-3 dollars by taxi you can reach from the market. Back to hotel. Overnight in Saigon.
Day 7: Saigon – Mekong Delta - Saigon (B/-/-)
Depart from Saigon and drive to My Tho (located in the heart of the Mekong Delta). When arriving in My Tho, take a boat on the Mekong River and its multiple canals to Ben Tre. Visit a coco candy factory where you can taste the unique local specialties. Take a 15-minute coach ride to visit a garden house to enjoy tea with honey and fresh tropical fruits. Take a sampan through a water coconut forest to return the big boat. You will enjoy your own lunch on the way back to hotel in Saigon and relax. Overnight in Saigon.
Day 8: Saigon – Siem Reap (B/-/-)
Free on your own until transfer to airport for international flight to Siem Reap.
Upon arrival at Siem Reap International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by our tour guide and transferred to your hotel for check-in and rest.
Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 9: Angkor Wat – Angkor Thom (B/-/-)
After breakfast, visit Angkor Wat – the most balanced, harmonious, and perfect Khmer temple, which shows Khmer art at its glory in the 12th century. This temple-mountain was built by King Suryavrman II and has become the symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and the prime attraction to visitors.
In the afternoon, visit south gate of Angkor Thom (The Great City) founded in late 12th century with two rows of its huge statues of demons and gods depicting the churning of the ocean of milk. Then, continue to Terrace of Elephants and Terrace of Leper King, and the amazing Ta Prohm temple. Climb up Bakheng hill to have bird’s-eye view of sunset, Angkor Wat and western Baray. Back to hotel. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 10: Floating Village – Killing Fields (B/-/-)
Explore floating village on Tonle Sap Lake (The Great Lake) – the biggest fresh water lake in Southeast Asia and richest fishing lake in the world with a special ecosystem. Most local people are fishermen living in their wooden houses built on small boats and rafts. They have created floating villages, towering stilted houses, huge fish traps and all of them made a beautiful picture of the harmony between nature and humans.
In the afternoon, visit Wat Thmei (The Killing Field) – the historical sites where more than a million people were killed and buried by the Khmer Rouge regime (1975-1979). There is a unique glass-walled stupa containing the victims’ bones of victims arranged by age and sex. Then, stop at the War Memorial Monument – which is dedicated to those who sacrificed their lives in the civil war. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 11: Siem Reap Departure (B/-/-)
Free on your own until transfer to airport for your international flight home. Goodbye Cambodia and see you soon in the near future.
- Hotel accommodation based with daily breakfast
- Traditional boat cruise on Ha Long Bay
- Meals as indicated on the program
- Private (A/C) transfers and transportation on tours
- Sightseeing and entrance fees on tour
- English speaking guide as indicated on the program
- Mineral water and cold towel on car/van/bus
- VIP greet and meet service at the arrival airport
- Vietnam visa processing service
- Cambodia visa processing fee from USD120/pax
- Meals, drinks and other personal expenses
- International and domestic flights
- Payment transfer fee
- Others not mentioned in the itinerary